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    05-27-2012, 03:35 PM
  #11
Yearling
OP: Are you on tumblr? I swear I either follow you or someone with your horse's clone xD

AND I totally agree with needing to slow her down. A horse can step over those at a walk, a flat, rushed run is not needed. VERY cute horse, please keep us updated as she progresses. And don't be so hard on yourself, or it wont be fun! Riding is supposed to be fun :)
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    05-27-2012, 04:25 PM
  #12
Weanling
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Originally Posted by maura    
I guess I'm curious as to why you're attempting to jump a gaited horse, something they're not terribly well suited for?

Why not enjoy THIS horse doing what he does best, and if you truly want to learn to jump, that lessons on something more suitable or even lease something?

A general observation is that horses get quick and rapid when they get anxious. I'm wondering if some of this horse's speed isn't because she's anxious because she doesn't understand what's expected of her? Isn't asking her for a slow, steady gait at the trot pretty much the opposite of what a gaited horse is usually asked to do?

Did you start jumping her using cavaletti, crossrails and gymnastics? Might be wide to go back to that for a while. And if you are going to jump single fences or courses, I would highly recommend ground lines on *everything*, rolled out from the base of the fence to help her out.

I have always been under the impression that my gaited horses were meant to jump.... im not saying there the best at it. ( I don't jump so I wouldnt have a clue) Tennessee Walkers are also used for driving, jumping, and western style gaming events. But you are correct there is better breeds to jump, although if he's registered she can jump him with whatever breed he is in and not get surpassed. By a big ol jumping horse. Now I know nothing about jumping other then on the trail.
     
    05-27-2012, 09:55 PM
  #13
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by LoveTheSaddlebreds    
OP: Are you on tumblr? I swear I either follow you or someone with your horse's clone xD

AND I totally agree with needing to slow her down. A horse can step over those at a walk, a flat, rushed run is not needed. VERY cute horse, please keep us updated as she progresses. And don't be so hard on yourself, or it wont be fun! Riding is supposed to be fun :)

Nope! Not not tumblr. Might be a clone. There are a ton of bay and white pintos out there. We are legion and we are many.

Several votes for slow! Time to slow down!

I try to remain impressed that we can even jump at all. Even jumping badly is fun!
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    05-30-2012, 06:29 PM
  #14
Foal
If she doesn't feel fast, she may just be pretty short strided. I help my green horses relax by doing flatwork among the jumps, throwing in a jump every now and then, only after they get back to normal, then back to cloverleaf and figure eights. Might only get in 10 jumps but they figure out its not a big deal.
     
    05-30-2012, 09:58 PM
  #15
Yearling
^^^ I like this idea, Amberish.

This will also help keep the horse from anticipating.
     
    05-31-2012, 08:16 AM
  #16
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by maura    
I guess I'm curious as to why you're attempting to jump a gaited horse, something they're not terribly well suited for?
Actually I have seen some lovely gaited jumpers. TWHs seem to be pretty decent jumpers, not Olympic level, but good enough for the local stuff.
     

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